carnitine(redirected from ß-hydroxy-n-trimethylammonium butyrate)
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A compound that functions in fatty acid metabolism by transporting fatty acids into mitochondria for energy production. It is naturally produced in the body and is present in many animal products, especially red meat. It is also sold as a dietary supplement for its purported health benefits.
[German Karnitin, from Karnin, a basic substance derived from meat, from Latin carō, carn-, flesh; see carnal.]
a white betaine, C7H15NO3, found in the liver and required for transporting fatty acids from the cytosol into the mitochondria